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On-one Inbred review – a humpin’ an a bumpin’ an a rollin’ an a rattlin’

Posted by Matt | April 18, 2007 | 2 comments so far

I’ve had my On-one Inbred frame sitting around my garage for about a year now. It’s the old style, pre – 456 geared frame in classic white and I’ve built it up into a nice utilitarian bike that I intended to use over the winter months in preference to my Marin Rift Zone.

However, for a number of reasons, chief among them cost, it hasn’t really seen too much use so far. This is because I like to have a bike computer to see how far I’ve been and at what speed and I just haven’t been able to find funds to buy one so far. Added to which the brakes I’m running need bleeding, the forks need a good service and I’d like to get a new saddle too.

I’ve also been concentrating on hitting the 3500 mile mark on the Rift Zone. Now that has been achieved, and prior to my 2007 Orange Five arriving I’ve pressed the Inbred into service regardless.

As you can see from my comments above, its far from what I would consider an ideal spec. Details are below but in brief I’m running a 2004 Marzocchi Marathon coil fork, full 2005 Shimano LX groupset, Hope headset, Thomson seat post and Easton EA50 bars. Brakes are old skool Hope Minis (no Mono madness here) and the wheels are my original lightweight no-brand hubs on Mavic 221 rims from my Rift Zone, with Continental Vertical tyres. All in all, the combination of narrow XC rims and chunky rubber makes things a bit squirmy at times.

I have plans to upgrade certain bits of the spec over time but things really just need a bit of careful tweaking and servicing. Despite all this, I am finally starting to put some miles on the (still non-existant) clock.

Probably this isn’t the ideal time to be doing this as I’m coming from a supple full sus bike to a hardtail frame just as the trails turn bone-hard for the summer, which goes to confirm that Mountain Bikers are not ruled by a Spock-like streak of logic. Riding the Inbred has proved a refreshing challenge though as my forks are not offering much more than half their claimed 105mm of travel. The front end, combined with the wiggly wheels has shown a distinct reluctance to turn at times but I’m learning to enjoy myself all the same.

A couple of descents down through the Denbies vinyard near Dorking have proved to be great fun and I’ve still felt confident enough in the frame, despite the wayward front, to pick an adventurous line through the trees.

Last weekend I took the bike with me over to Holmbury Hill and explored trails I hadn’t ridden for quite a few months. Hooning down Barry Knows Best I found myself catching Mark quite comfortably and even overtook him by hopping over one of the log drops. It really is the perfect frame for general trail riding with plenty of room in the cockpit to stretch out but a weight forward stance for fun and games.

Nonetheless, my lack of familiarity with hardtails after so long on the Rift Zone caught me out eventually. I found myself getting very tired toward the end which probably contributed to a lack of concentration pushing me into one hoon too many. Launching myself down the final run of the day I flew into a series of roller coaster dips and found myself well and truly out of shape on the last one with my weight forward and the fork compressing (finally to its full travel) right in the trough of the dip. This catapulted me with the inevitability of planetary motion up the other side with the Inbred anywhere but where it should be. Or was it that the rider wasn’t where he should be? Anyway, we differed, relative to each other!

In conclusion, I’d say if you get the chance of owning an Inbred then most certainly do so. Dave is a convert to 456 robustness but I find I quite like the liveliness of the original frame. It handles well with 100mm forks which seems a reasonable amount of everyday travel, has a lovely compact shape with plenty of room to stretch out and the steel only rusts a little if it gets wet. Treat it well, take the time to acclimatise and I reckon it is the perfect low maintenance trail companion.

Oh and in case you were wondering about the title, it’s a reference I think to an intro/story to a Bruce Springsteen song. I can’t remember exactly what, when or where but it certainly reflects how I feel riding a hardtail. Anyone with more details, stick it in the comments.

On-One Inbred specification (as at April 2007)
Component Spec Component Spec
Frame 2005 On-One Inbred 16″ Headset Hope (gunmetal)
Forks 2004 Marzocchi Marathon coil Bars Easton EA50 2″ silver
Front mech Shimano Deore LX Stem Easton EA50 90mm
Rear mech Shimano Deore LX Seatpost Thomson Elite
Shifters Shimano Deore LX Saddle WTB Speed V Sport
Front brake Hope Mini Pedals WTB 310
Rear brake Hope Mini Rims Mavic 221
Chain SRAM Hubs no-name
Cassette SRAM PG950 Rear Shock N/A
Chainset Shimano Deore LX Hollotech II Tyres Continental Vertical 2.3

Filed under Bikes, Reviews in April 2007


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 2 comments on ‘On-one Inbred review – a humpin’ an a bumpin’ an a rollin’ an a rattlin’’

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  1. Muddymoles says:

    How to improve a classic?

    Upgrading is the oil that lubricates the bike industry and Matt’s ready to play his part.

  2. Muddymoles says:

    Cotic Soul 853 steel hardtail review

    Read the experiences of a Cotic Soul 853 steel hardtail owner in this in depth review

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